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Melissa Fernandez (Marin)

Melissa Fernandez (Marin)

Attorney at Antoniolli, Cerny & Winthers, P.C.
  • Divorce, Family Law, Domestic Violence ...
  • Illinois
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Melissa Fernandez (Marin) graduated from DePaul University in 2015 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Political Science. Melissa went on to receive her law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 2019 with a certificate in Family Law where she graduated Cum Laude and maintained herself on the Dean's list for all three years.

From a very young age, Melissa knew that she was passionate about family law. As a child of divorced parents, Melissa brings a unique perspective to the firm having experienced the breakdown of her family at a young age. Melissa prides herself on being able to help families who are going through the same thing as well as counsel and advise clients during the other often difficult and emotional issues associated with family law.

She carried her passion for family law with her to law school where she was heavily involved in DePaul's family law program. Upon acceptance to DePaul, Melissa received a Dean's scholarship to help fund her law school education for her outstanding academic performance in undergrad. At DePaul, Melissa was selected to be a Family Law fellow after being awarded the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Scholarship. She also served as Vice President for the Child and Family Law Association and was awarded two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for receiving the highest grade in both her Family Law legal drafting and Legal Analysis Research and Communication classes. During law school, Melissa recognized that being an effective advocate for her clients would require her to be well versed in the rules of civil procedure, the rules of evidence, and courtroom procedure. As a result, Melissa competed as a member of DePaul's Appellate Moot Court team where she displayed a passion for litigation and skill in oral advocacy.

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Practice Areas
Contested Divorce, Property Division, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Family Law
Child Custody, Child Support, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Antoniolli, Cerny & Winthers, P.C.
- Current
McSwain Nagle Giese & Rapp, P.C.
Associate Attorney
Kollias & Giese, P.C.
Law Clerk
The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.
Judicial Extern
Circuit Court of Cook County
Law Clerk
Legal Aid Society Metropolitan Family Services
DePaul College of Law
J.D. (2019) | Law
Activities: Certificate in Family Law Honors: Dean's list, CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Legal Analysis Research and Communication & Family Law Legal Drafting Appellate Moot Court Member Former Vice President of Child and Family Law Association Schiller DuCanto and Fleck Family Law Fellow
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DePaul University
B.A. (2015) | Major: English - Minor: Political Science
Honors: Deans List
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Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois  # 6333019
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DuPage County Bar Association
Wellness Committee
- Current
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Articles & Publications
“The Uncertainty of Relocation – Where are we going?
Illinois State Bar Association
Enforcing Court Orders Through Contempt Proceedings
Establishing a Child Support Trust: What is it and when is it appropriate?
Navigating Section 607.6 of the IMDMA: The Use of Counseling Communications in Litigation
DCBA Brief
Same-sex Adoption: How it Works and Why Same-Sex Couples Should Do It
Using Counseling in Litigation: The Implications of Section 607.6 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act
DCBA Brief
Certificate in Family Law
DePaul University College of Law
Websites & Blogs
Melissa Fernandez' Website Profile
Antoniolli, Cerny & Winthers, P.C. Website
Contact & Map
Antoniolli, Cerny & Winthers, P.C.
Winfield Office
1N141 County Farm Rd
Winfield, IL 60190
Telephone: (630) 668-6700
Fax: (630) 668-6733
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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